The Definition Of Fascist
Like many people I recently heard the word ‘Antifa’ for the very first time.
Labelled as a terrorist organisation by current President of the United States, Donald Trump.
The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2020
I wanted to learn more about them, so a quick search on Google and I found out they are an anti-fascist group.
According to Wikipedia, the word was actually shortlisted for Oxford Dictionaries word of the year back in 2017. So, clearly, I’m not with the times.
While I have little knowledge about the group beyond this, what is clear to me is that being labelled a terrorist organization by the most powerful political figure in the world is no joke.
I have no idea as to what it is they’ve reportedly done, that said I do not see being anti-fascist as inherently a bad thing, and nor should you.
Fascism Definition: [fash-iz-uh m] - a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.
Of course the most famous example of a fascist state is Nazi Germany. Today, organizations such as Antifa claim that America is a fascist state.
While I am not even close to being an expert when it comes to political systems, or ideologies, I am a voracious reader and student of history. So take my view any way you wish…
I do not see modern day America as a fascist state, however…
Media and politicians do want to paint a black and white view of things, to have us believe there are two ideologies, both democratic in their views and that is that.
I would also have to disagree there, because this is an over-simplification.
Since the 1980s we’ve seen many countries, especially America, moving away from many core ideals of a Republic. Arriving at where we are today, in which case the guise of a utopian democracy is used to hide in plain-sight a Plutarchy that is steeped in Neo-Fascism.
If any of these terms are new to you I’ll leave links to their respective Wikipedia pages here, and I will use this as my “proofs” that the current system that is sold to the public has been over-simplified to an enormous degree.
To get back to my main point though, I just don’t believe that America qualifies as a Fascist state right now.
There is still the option to vote, and a complex political system which could see a move away from current policy, towards that of a purer Republic once again, one that saw America defeat pure Fascism in the 1940s.
However, Neo-Fascism is a term which I believe most English-speaking countries would qualify for right now in terms of the rhetoric and policies of right-wing parties.
I urge you to look at what qualifies as Neo-Fascist, and leave you with the thought that the worry of many is that Neo-Fascism possibly leads to the other, and this is why we are seeing groups such as Antifa arise in the first place.